Vintage Sewing

Two Dresses from 1961

By on September 15, 2011

I have recently made up two dresses both dating 1961 from McCall’s.  The thing I love about both these patterns is that they had hems lengths for different heights. And they worked perfectly.

McCall’s 6139

Here is McCall’s 6139.  It has fabulous details, like kimono sleeves, bound pockets and a bow belt.  I didn’t change a thing and I love the result.  Very Pan Am.  You can read more here.

McCall’s 5891

Then we have McCall’s 5891.  A simple dress with a fabulous low back.  I lined this dress for modesty with a cotton voile so omited the bodice facings.  The fabric I used is vintage and I ran out of it to make a matching belt, so I made a contrasting belt with a bow.  I put the bias binding bow at the center back rather than front, which smartly covered the little gap at the top of the zip.  You can read more here

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Harry High Pants

By on August 26, 2011

I have made these pants and the top using Advance pattern 7899, I’m guessing it is from the 50’s.  The pattern describes this pattern as being sports separates.  How glamorous!  
I have no idea what the fabric is, as it was given to me, but it has a polyester content for sure.  The pants called for 2 zips, but I bought a longer one and only needed the one.  I love them and will need to find more appropriate fabric.
When I first made the top it was too big, this is the smaller version, it’s a tad too small.  I can still breath and move so not all is lost.  The pattern called for it to be fully lined, but I opted to use bias binding on the openings instead.

This will be a spring staple here in sunny Bris Vegas for sure.  Check out my blog for more Australian spring sewing to come.

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The mother of all Mothers

By on May 8, 2011

This virgin Mary fabric is so kitsch and just stunning, I couldn’t resit it.  It is very fitting for today, being Mother’s Day.  I made it up into a slim sleeveless dress from McCall’s 6770 from 1963.  This is my first successful slim fit dress and I like it.  For more pics and info head over to my blog.
Happy Mother’s Day.

McCall’s 6770

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Check out the Checks

By on February 27, 2011

This dress sees the end of my February challenge where I wore a different dress everyday in February, Frockruary. 

Made from McCall’s 5444 from 1960.  The cover is battered, but the pieces are all there.  Front buttoned, scoop neck dress with four gore flared skirt, with kimono sleeves. This dress started with a pencil skirt, but the stretch cotton, meant my butt stretched with the fabric instead of being supported.   I conquered bound button holes and hand stitched all the hems.  I feel like I have conquered some sewing fears with this hot little number.

Feel free to check out my blog.

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A Blue Frock

By on February 23, 2011

My latest frock is made from McCall’s 6673 from 1962.  The pattern cover is battered, the instructions are  and the pencil skirt pieces are missing.  However,  the 3 bodice options are all in there and it was simple to make even without the instructions.  I made view C with unmounted sleeves and I opted to shorten the sleeves.

 You can sop by my blog and see this dress and more as part of Frockruary.

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